JUICE had already been told about this installment of Heineken Green Room even before we got the invitation. So when it came in the form of a box and CD, we were stoked. The CD contained an Edwin Raj-directed visual narrative, chronicling the evolution of the dance music scene in Malaysia.
Arriving at Orange Dance Club’s entrance, we weren’t surprised that the crowd had only started coming in. At the main door, we were already greeted with the ‘State of Mind’ video looping on screens around the venue. Inside, the music was already pumping but people were sitting around with their Heinekens waiting for the night to begin. It was Earth Hour, so things got buzzing only after 10pm.
Local boys Box Frenzy (previously known as B4C) were the first to hit up the dancefloor. Considering the crowd was still scattershit, we thought they did aight. Blastique and Number 4 then came on and did their thang with their unique blend of electronic sounds before Djuma Soundsystem took over. The Scandinavians’ live set was a treat to the people in the club, like a throwback to the old rave scene.
Spotted at this Heineken Green Room was rapper/actor Reefa, Streething’s Choo Ee, TV host JP, Twilight Actiongirl DJs, and Joyce Wong aka KinkyBlueFairy.
The crowd was tough to convince, but as soon as MC Vandal introduced the band, the VHS Or Beta boys came on and commandeered the crowd, showing us why they deserve our awe. One of Blender magazine’s ‘Best New Bands’ gave us what we are used to and love. The whole electro indie rock music kicked it with the crowd.
Some of the indie rock lovers left when VHS Or Beta ended their set, but the party was far from over. Djuma Soundsystem came out for their DJ set, soon enough, the speakers were blaring dope dance music. That, combined with VHS Or Beta’s DJ set right after, our happy feet were definitely pumping. It was a sound that KL party peeps weren’t used to, but how can we stretch our dance music scene if we are not open to other sounds? surely that’s the opposite of what the State of Mind video is about.
JUICE stayed on and partied on til we were told that the night had come to an end. We had our Heineken ID cards and got to enjoy 4 bottles of Heineken for free with discounted Heineken buckets after that. That definitely kept us going! To those who did not stay for the event, you missed out.